Pakistan News: Former Skipper Salman Butt agrees to play one over maiden during the match against England, spot fixing case heard on Oct 06, 2011.
Salman Butt 26 year’s old best man of Pakistan cricket team, he claimed that he played one over maiden on the final day of last year test match against England. In this match Pakistan team chance to won.
Mazhar Majeed who is 36 years old agent of match fixing said he arrangement with the cricketer by phone while player he agreed a deal with an undercover journalist posing as a match, Crown Court heard.
When the journalist opened that a maiden over could happen normally, the agent rang the cricketer on speaker phone to prove he was concerned in the fixing scam, the Crown court heard.
Their alleged conversation, which was recorded by the reporter, was read to the jury.
Majeed allegedly said: “You know the maiden we were doing in the first over?”
Butt allegedly replied: “Yeah.”
Majeed: “You know the third over you face? Do one more maiden.”
Butt: “No, leave it, OK.”
Majeed: “You don’t want to do the third over?”
Butt: “Nai, yaar.” (“No, mate.”)
Prosecutor Aftab Jafferjee said: “If not party to this corrupt agreement, you might expect Butt to say something to the effect of ‘What are you talking about?’”
The activity, he said, was underpinned by the betting industry in the Asian sub-continent, where gambling on cricket matches alone had a turnover of $40-50 billion a year.